…..noticeably more difficult. There will be some air that can be felt escaping the mouth. The person may become anxious, agitated and scared. Facial colour may be seen to change from the norm.
An obstructed airway can result in a partial or complete blockage. Both can be frightening and life-threatening.
A full obstruction of a person’s airway will become apparent very quickly. Any usual breathing sounds will have stopped, and the person will visibly be making extra efforts to breath. There will be no evidence of air coming from the nose or mouth.
Blueness around the lips is an indicator that breathing distress is occurring. When a person is choking they are likely to display what is regarded as the universal sign of choking, in these instances where they will lean forwards holding the front of the neck with both hands.
Tomorrow we will continue our look at Choking….
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